Hotel room with yellow wall and some art, two twin beds pushed together with white sheets, a bedside table with fake flowers and a phone on it, a shelf on the wall with a framed photo and Carbon Monoxide Detector.

The Places We Live – Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We’re just wrapping up our first week in Kuala Lumpur, and we LOVE it here! It is a bit hot at 90 degrees every day, but it is also monsoon season, so there is a cool breeze and a heavy rain to cool things off a bit. The other great touch is the air quality. It feels very nice to finally breathe again.

map of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is located in the country of Malaysia in SE Asia. Malaysia is a peninsula (plus some islands and a piece of Borneo) and Kuala Lumpur is just West of the center of it. The three major ethnic groups found in Kuala Lumpur are Malay, Chinese, and Indian. The top two religions being Islam and Buddhism. The national language is Bahasa Malaysia, although English is very commonly used in schools and business settings. (Wikipedia)

Hote123, Kuala Lumpur

For our first two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, we are staying in Hote123. It is a cheap hotel in the neighborhood of Pudu. Pudu does not offer much in the way of tourist attractions, but there is a convenient KL Rapid Transit stop and a nice variety of local restaurants. Once we got used to it (and got over the fact that the internet is very spotty), we found ourselves really enjoying our quaint hotel in this local neighborhood.

Google map of Pudu district in Kuala Lumpur
Pudu is Southeast of the Kuala Lumpur City Center which houses most of the major attractions.

The hotel is comfortable with a few sitting areas on the first floor and another on the rooftop terrace. All of the staff have been crazy friendly. I get the impression that I could literally ask them anything and get an honest answer without judgment. They offer free coffee, tea, and water throughout the day and there is a washing machine for clothes on the terrace.

Breakfast at Hote123 in Kuala Lumpur
Breakfast is 5RM each and is the same every day. Coffee, tea, water, toast, breakfast noodles, and fried rice.

We booked the cheapest possible room online, but were upgraded upon arrival to an identical room… but with a window. That’s right, we originally booked a room without a window! The only problem is that our window overlooks a night club, so I’m not really sure if it is better or not.

Our Room

The room has two twin beds, a shelf, night stand, large TV, and a huge desk and chair. For a budget room, it is appointed decently well and kept very clean. We have seen a couple of ants roaming around and we now have a pet gecko that we’ve named Hector. Otherwise, the room seems to be pest free.

Room at Hote123 Kuala Lumpur
Our room with our “must haves” from home: framed photo of our besties and travel-sized CO Detector.

The bathroom is quite nice, but Asian in style. We have a sink, mirror, Western toilet, and a shower. As you can see in the picture below, we do not have a shower curtain. This is quite common throughout Asia. If you are looking at a hotel ad and don’t see a curtain or divider, assume there isn’t one. Once you get used to it, it really isn’t so bad. We have found the best practice is to lift the lid of the toilet before showering. This helps the toilet seat dry faster. It can be uncomfortable to hang out in a bathroom that is wet from wall to wall but, with practice, one can learn to ignore it.

Bathroom at Hote123 Kuala Lumpur

What’s Next

We just have one more week left in this hotel before we move a little farther North for our house sit. I am particularly excited for this one because it includes a pool! After two weeks of this hot and humid weather, I think a dip in the pool will be exactly what I need! It will be in a much nicer neighborhood as well, so we’ll get the chance to save up some cash while getting a taste of the good life. Still, our little hotel has been pretty great, with a friendly and (mostly) attentive staff, good surroundings, at a good price.


  1. Nice report on your hotel. Accommodations certainly look nice and clean. Glad you are enjoying it!

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